A US-led coalition air strike in Syria hit an oil refinery run by the Islamic State and the Levant (ISIL) group near the border with Turkey, killing 30 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said. Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the UK-based monitoring network, said on Sunday the dead[…]
Radicals from Libya’s Islamic State affiliate abducted nine foreigners, including four Filipinos, in an attack on a central oil field last week, and beheaded eight Libyan guards, officials said Monday. The attack last Friday on the al-Ghani oil field near the town of Zalla, some 750 kilometers (470 miles) southeast[…]
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in comments released Monday that he took the decision to annex Crimea at a nightlong Kremlin meeting after former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in February 2014. “When we parted, I told everybody: We have to start working on bringing Crimea back into Russia,”[…]
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denied reports that he had backed away from support for a two-state solution that he expressed in a 2009 speech. A statement from Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party on Sunday stated that the prime minister had said that “in the present situation in the Middle[…]
Chad and Niger have launched a joint army operation against Boko Haram fighters in Nigeria, military sources say. A source from the Niger government said the two countries had launched a “ground and air” operation against Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria. “We can confirm that Chadian and Nigerian forces launched[…]
A leading Indian television network that was to broadcast a documentary about the 2012 Delhi gang rape halted programming in protest at the banning of the film, officials and news reports said Monday. India’s Daughters, a documentary made by British film-maker Leslee Udwin, was to be broadcast on Indian channel[…]
German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel was set to appeal for the release of liberal blogger Raif Badawi at a meeting with the Saudi Arabian King Salman on Sunday. Badawi was sentenced last year to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for allegedly insulting Islam. The first of the lashings[…]
The retrial of two Al-Jazeera English journalists who face terror-related charges in Egypt has been postponed to March 19. The decision Sunday comes after a brief hearing for acting bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed. They were freed last month awaiting trial, though they’ve had to check[…]
Indian Premier Narendra Modi on Sunday deplored crimes against women in the country as he made assurances that his government was taking measures to protect them. Modi’s statement came on the International Women’s Day and during an ongoing controversy over a government ban on broadcast of a documentary about the[…]
Nigeria’s armed group Boko Haram has pledged allegiance to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which controls huge swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, Reuters has reported quoting the monitoring group SITE. “We announce our allegiance to the Caliph … and will hear and obey in times[…]
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